Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report
|Waterfowl numbers||An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Teal were observed 9/18/14. Numbers seem to be fluctuating with weather and pressure.|
|Mallard Migration Rank||Current Rating - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|Water levels||Water conditions are looking excellent for the upcoming season. Gamekeeper marsh is full, Gun Club Marsh is around 75% full with an average depth of 18-30 inches (similar to the water conditions in 2012). Managers are finished pumping off storage pools along marsh creek. Marsh Creek Marsh is around 30% full, Bluewing Marsh, Puddler and Ringneck marshes have sheet water. Managers have been pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes for one week, the south marsh has excellent habitat and water for teal with maximum depths at 10 inches outside of the main canal. The north marsh has some sheet water and managers will be adding up to a foot of water throughout the weekend and the beginning of next week.|
|Hunting conditions||The area has had an excellent growing season with abundant moist soil growth. Gun Club Marsh has substantial barnyard grass, sprangletop and rice cut grass. Hunters averaged 3.5 teal per hunter opening weekend. With the unseasonably cool opener and some pressure, the area lost some birds. However, managers expect teal numbers to increase throughout the season.|
|Expected hunting success||Success is expected to be good. Teal are concentrating on certain areas of the marsh. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to their hunt.|
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASONS
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:
1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
2. Provide hunter information.
ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx
PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS
Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl. The following are required:
- 2014 Kansas hunting license
- State waterfowl stamp
- Federal waterfowl stamp
- Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)
PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.
Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.
THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.
Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!